Name: Hassan Ibrahim Malik
University: Air University, Pakistan
Moral Leadership: Conquering The Society
“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”(Martin Luther King).
While having a glance on Moral Leadership, what first fitted in my mind was the society. Some questions came in my mind like a flash. How we want to live?? What do we want to accomplish?? If we had to add something to humanity, what would our contribution be?? And the most important what is the meaning of life and the way we are leading our life is the best?? If we take a look on the society, there have been great strides in technology, scientific discoveries and rare relations in today’s society but still citizens are not reaching for the stars as much as hanging on the limb. So we need strengthen our society by providing the leaders to this world. Before getting into the moral leadership, one should know about the leadership first. So with this backdrop in mind, I contemplate the qualities of leaders. According to my point every endeavor in our lives need leadership. A great leader must not only possess confidence but also display cooperation and willingness to serve as well as be a critical thinker and problem-solver.
There is a big misconception between a leader and authoritative in this society. If a person has the ability lead a group to perform a certain act than that person is an authoritative not a leader. He can also be a leader but being in charge does not make him a leader. Leadership requires a reciprocal relationship and creating the relationship cannot be forged by the use of power. The most successful leaders will not necesserialliy be those with the highest IQ but instead they will also need to have high level of cultural and emotional intelligence. A leader must be confident in not only his abilities, but also in his followers’ abilities to reach the goal. A leader is humble enough to recognize value of his strengths and the need for the help of others. Instead of expecting 100% perfection, a leader must first be confident in and encourage 100% effort from each individual. Thus, a great leader will convey to his followers that each of their individual skills and abilities are absolutely critical in reaching the goal and that the leader is confident in each follower’s ability to contribute to the goal.
Now the question arises, what makes a leader a moral leader?? The biggest difference between them is leaders work for their own benefit’s to achieve the goal, whereas moral leader work for the whole society and humanity. They are also called as high ambition leaders. The take very long term decisions. I named moral leaders as “TRANSCENDENT”. They are the typical change makers. They are the global citizens because they own peoples heart. They are opportunist, Chameleon, achiever and a builder. By having all these characteristics the leader become transcendent. If we take a look on Martin Luther King, what a leader, this man was the true example of the moral leadership. He ruled not only in his country but also the humanity. He was the man of integrity. After 45 years of his death he is remembered by the whole world. His words moved the whole nation. U.S. President Barack Obama at a ceremony in Washington at 28 august 2013 remembered the power of Martin Luther King Jr.'s iconic "I have a dream". His words were: "Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice” (King Luther).
The best example of a moral leader whose life preaches about peace and morality, in now days is the Nelson Mandela. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He worked for the racial freedom. He worked for humanity. The charity programs, that started in his life is still on. Further keeping an eye, the world biggest example of moral leadership is Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan. At the age of 14, she was shot on the head by Taliban because she dared to take a step for the rights of women education. After her recovery, she didn’t step back. She is still working for the women rights. In 2013, she was nominated for the noble peace prize. She is just a 16 year old girl, and she challenged her fate. She showed this world that she will be the future of this world. This girl plunges many people in thought.
As everyone knows that humanity is on stake. Social ethics and moral values have been detoriating over time. So act like criminalization and suicidal attacks have seen multifold increase in a few years. Drone attacks are the merciless attack on humanity and peace. Shrewdness has taken the shape of greed and negative competition. Now the question is why our peoples lose their dignity and how can we save our societies?? The answer to this question is Humans have lost patience and become selfish in their motives and hence ethics and morals have declined and lost value in their lives. People think about individuals. Humanity is divided into casts, sub casts, nations and the countrymen. Firstly I talk about the biggest terror of this world which is spread by al-quida and Taliban’s. According to their thoughts, they are working for Islam but according to my point of view they are not capable of being called a Muslim because they don’t know the basic discipline of Islam. In Islam, an amazingly powerful emphasis is laid on developing love for mankind and on the vital importance of showing mercy and sympathy towards every creature of Allah Almighty, including human beings and animals. For indeed, love and true sympathy is the antidote of terrorism.
Drone attacks are another criminalization act. Due to drone strikes, terrorists have used the collateral damage to maximize the environment and society to their benefit. My question to the U.S President, Barak Obama, what type of leadership he want to show this world?? Power is not a solution of a disease. It’s highly appreciable to work together with other countries but instead of of showing leadership by power, morality based leadership is vital. Instead of brutality and chaos, why not to taking step ahead for saving the humanity. Terrorists are the dumb and illiterate peoples. They don’t know anything other than the chaos and destruction. But the policy makers are literate peoples and should act like a doctor. Doctor cures the patient, not his murder. So we need to look into the morals and ethics that our sculptures and religions masters preach. We as an individual take a step ahead in reshaping the society. Humanity needs peoples like Nelson Mandela and Malala yousafzai. These guys not only conquer this world but also ruled in the thoughts of the peoples.
At the end I want to discuss the greatest Asian poet, whose poetry reflects his pain. He is not present among us but his poetry still reflects his glory. I saw a passion for changing world, in his poetry. Humanity needs a person like him, Mandela and Malala. Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal, the greatest Asian poet, shared his feeling in the poem: The Painful Wail:
Consumed with grief I am, I get relief in no way
O circumambient waters of the Ganges drown me
Our land foments excessive mutual enmity
What unity! Our closeness harbors separation
Enmity instead of sincerity is outrageous
Enmity among the same barn’s grains is outrageous